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News Clips - November 26, 2010

From November 19 to November 25, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 378 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Foreign universities not giving up on India
The Wall Street Journal | November 24
Carnegie Mellon University also recently announced a partnership with the Shiv Nadar Foundation to provide undergraduate programs in mechanical, electrical and computer engineering to Indian students. HCL Technologies founder Shiv Nadar is chairman of the foundation. “This partnership was prompted by more demand for more programs in India,” explained Pradeep Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s Engineering School. “A deeper understand of India and the States will enable students to be better prepared to operate in a globalized economy.” Students will split their time between the SSN College of Engineering in Chennai and Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first batch is expected to consist of 15-20 students and begin its first term next June.


Zoom in on top 8 ultrahigh-resolution science panoramas | November 23
The creators of the GigaPan robot, which can automatically create zoomable gigapixel-scale images, announced eight winners of a science photography contest Nov. 11 at the Fine International Conference on Gigapixel Imaging for Science. “Having access to such high-resolution images changes scientists’ relationships to images and the information they contain,” said Carnegie Mellon University robotics scientist Illah Nourbaksh, one of GigaPan’s inventors and an organizer of conference. Created in 2006 by Carnegie Mellon and NASA, the GigaPan robotic camera mount can shoot hundreds of perfectly aligned images using almost any digital camera. After the photographer uploads the photos to a computer, photo-stitching software seamlessly merges them into a single, highly zoomable image.

Arts and Humanities

National Book Award-Winning poet Hayes reads from 'Lighthead'
NewsHour | November 19
JUDY WOODRUFF: And finally tonight: a poet who earlier this week won the National Book Award. Terrance Hayes is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His award-winning volume is titled "Lighthead." Earlier this evening, he read a poem from that collection for us from a studio in Pittsburgh. TERRANCE HAYES, 2010 National Book Award Winner: This is a poem I wrote in response to Hurricane Katrina, "Fish Head for Katrina."

Information Technology

Hacking away at the Next Big Thing
The Baltimore Sun | November 21
They arrived Friday evening thinking they'd be working with CMU Sphinx, an open-source, or free, voice-recognition software developed at Carnegie Mellon University. But at the Hackathon, they bumped into Mark Headd, who came down from Delaware where he works for Tropo, lead sponsor of the Baltimore event. Tropo acts as a host site for all manner of Web-based communications, including Twitter and Instant Messaging, and also offers voice recognition programs for various uses. Headd said Tropo provides tools that can make life easier for application developers, saving time that might be spent coding or entering data to get the tool to perform a particular task.


Algorithm could lead to many more kidney transplants
Marketplace Public Radio | November 24
The process of waiting for a new kidney can be agonizing for patients in need of one. But there's new hope thanks to computer science and math. A team at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh thinks they've found an algorithm that can make a huge difference.

Regional Impact

Bob's Pick: From 'Milltown to Malltown,' by Jim Daniels and Jane McCafferty
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 22
Gone is the working-class, industrial environment in Homestead. It has been transformed from the home of U.S. Steel to the shopping center known as The Waterfront. Carnegie Mellon University professors Jim Daniels and Jane McCafferty's new collection of poetry, "From Milltown to Malltown" (Marick Press, $16.95), takes a closer look at the transformation that led to this consumer-driven- economy era.


Real-time parking conditions go mobile
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 19
Motorists heading to shows and concerts Downtown soon will be able to use portable electronic devices to get real-time reports on available parking spaces in the Cultural District. The pilot program, which could begin next month, will give updates every couple of minutes on space availability in at least nine garages - five operated by Alco Parking Corp. and four operated by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority. Price information will be provided, too. […] Assistance also has come from the Benter Foundation; Deeplocal, an East Liberty software development firm; and Traffic21, Carnegie Mellon University's transportation-improvement initiative supported by the Hillman Foundation.